Child pornographer Replaces Osama on 'Most wanted list'

Apr 12, 2012, 08:57 IST | Agencies

Eric Justin Toth, a teacher and suspected child pornographer, has replaced the former al-Qaeda chief on the FBI's list after he was killed last year

A man sought in connection with child pornography charges has taken the place vacated by Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s 10 Most-Wanted list. Eric Justin Toth (30), was a former third grade teacher at the prestigious Beauvoir-National Cathedral School in Washington DC in 2008 when a school camera allegedly in his possession was found to contain pornographic images.

The addition to the list comes almost a year after bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by US forces. The FBI said putting Toth on the list was the culmination of a lengthy process including surveying its 56 field offices for candidates and approval by top FBI officials. Toth is the 495th person to be on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. There is another vacancy on it due to the capture of reputed mobster James Whitey Bulger last year.

Taken your spot: Eric Toth has replaced Osama following the US raid in which he died. File pic

Authorities are offering a $100,000 (Rs 51.48 lakh) reward for information leading to Toth’s arrest. There also is a sealed two-count complaint against Toth that has been filed in federal court in Washington, DC, which charges him with possessing a video that includes an image of child pornography and transporting it across state lines, according to the FBI.

Toth may advertise himself on the Internet as a tutor or a male nanny and was believed to have lived in Arizona as recently as 2009. Prior to that he was in Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. If convicted on the charge in Maryland, Toth would face at least 15 years in prison and as many as 30 years. 

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